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Rotarian advocates for livable, safety housing

THE CNMI needs a “strong policy” for housing design and construction, a Saipan Rotarian said Tuesday.

“We should have sustainable housing,” said club secretary Sonya Dancoe, PE, who presided over the club meeting at the Giovanni’s Restaurant of Hyatt Regency.

She said the administration  wants to improve the local economy so the government can help the people build better homes.

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Rotarian Agnes M. McPhetres speaks about the needs of the Northern Marianas Trades Institute during the Rotary Club of Saipan’s weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Giovanni’s Restaurant of Hyatt Regency. Also in the photo are club secretary Sonya Dancoe, left, and president-elect Marcia Ayuyu.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Dancoe said she was saddened to see many houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu.

“Our community should be more mindful and take the time to consult engineers or go to  the Department of Public Works to seek guidance, so in the future their family and their homes will be better protected and safe from a devastating storm,” she added.

Dancoe said Yutu has given local residents an opportunity to step back and look at the mistakes they may have made, especially in constructing their homes which, she added, should be approved and certified by the government.

Another Rotarian, Glenn Perez, said the government should be strict with implementation of  the law.

He said some property owners are extending their buildings without getting a building permit.

“Lots of those structures are unsafe,” he added.

Rotarian Agnes McPhetres, the chief executive officer of the Northern Marianas Trades Institute, underscored the need to conduct a class on AutoCAD, a software used by engineering and architectural firms for designing buildings.

She said they need a first-class and qualified instructor or a company with an AutoCAD expert who can teach at the trade school.

Dancoe said the CNMI should invest in local residents who may be interested in AutoCAD. “We want to have local employees contributing to the economy. We want sustainability…and we want…members of the young generation to eventually take over this field and become productive in our community.”

McPhetres said Rotarians and engineering and architectural firms can collaborate to come up with a standard design for a housing unit suitable for the CNMI.

“We should share this knowledge with our students here instead of importing from outside,” she added.

Dancoe said they will invite resource persons from the Department of Public Works, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commonwealth Development Authority to speak at future club meetings regarding current housing programs and available financial support.